Devin Townsend Announces European/UK/India Solo Acoustic Tour

Devin Townsend has announced an acoustic tour that will hit Europe and India. The trek will feature music as well as Q&A sessions.

Townsend commented:

“Hello everyone, Devin here. I have been busy making my newest recording, EMPATH over the past year. It has been a complicated and enlightening experience in that I have gone back to my roots in terms of what my motivations are for making music, in hopes that I am able to move forward as a musician being as true as I possibly can to my motivations.

The result is an album that I am exceptionally proud of, one that is uncompromised and diverse in ways that accurately represent where I’m at now at the age of 46. The past decade of relentless touring with DTP had been something that caught up with me in a big way, and as a result I felt I needed to step back from that world and analyse myself and make this music before stepping onto a stage again.

The time has come however for me to take the next step in my career, and when asked about how I would like to do so, I decided the first thing I would do was a very intimate run of shows that allows me to play my music stripped back to just me and a guitar. The shows are at nice venues, and includes a spoken word element with questions from the audience as well as aspects of my entire career represented in this one show.

Before I tour with a band again, I wanted to have the opportunity to play for you, and meet up with the people who not only have made my work possible, but inspire me to continue. In a world of computers and social media, to be stripped of all the bells and whistles is a very important step for my reintroduction to the live concert world. I truly hope you’ll join me and I look forward to being the most honest I can be with you at these special shows.

Thank you to Andy Farrow and Northern Music, Thomas Waber and Inside Out records, as well as all who have supported me during this period. I have not been as proud of an album as I am of Empath in many years, and I really needed to get this out of my system.

See you at the shows.

Love
Devin Townsend“

Tour Dates:

03/07 Delhi, IND – Piano Man Jazz Club
03/08 Mumbai, IND – Levi’s Lounge
03/30 Helsinki, FIN – Savoy-Teatteri
03/31 Stockholm, SWE – Sodra Teatern
04/01 Oslo, NOR – Edderkopeen
04/02 Copenhagen, DEN – Bremen Theater
04/04 Berlin, GER – PassionsKirche
04/05 Warsaw, POL – Stodola
04/06 Prague, CZE – La Fabrica
04/07 Munich, GER – Freiheiz
04/09 Cologne, GER – Kulturkirche
04/10 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
04/11 Haarlem, NET – St. Bavokerk
04/24 London, UK – Bush Hall
04/25 London, UK – Bush Hall
04/26 Bristol, UK – St. George’s
04/27 Leeds, UK – City Varieties
04/29 Edinburgh, UK – Jam House
04/30 Birmingham, UK – Glee Club

Townsend is currently working on a number of projects including a new album titled “Empath,” which will be released next year.

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Devin Townsend Teases New Song In New Studio Clip

Devin Townsend has shared a new studio clip complete with a new song teaser. The track is expected to appear on his new album “Empath,“ which will be the first in a number of releases he has planned.

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Mooging a riff. #recroomstudio

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Devin Townsend Signs New Deal With InsideOut Music

Devin Townsend has signed a new deal with InsideOut Music, extending his 20 year relationship with with the label. Townsend is currently working on multiple projects, including a new album called “Empath,“ his “$10 million cock symphony” “The Moth“ and more. In other news, he has also announced that the third part of his “Eras” vinyl box set will be released on December 7. The latest set will feature “Accelerated Evolution,“ “Epicloud,“ “Sky Blue“, “Transcendance,” and “Devin Townsend Presents: Ziltoid Live At The Royal Albert Hall.” Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Townsend said the following about signing with InsideOut Music again:

“In an Industry that is tenuous at best, we need to make alliances. In opposition to the old ideas of ‘us against them’ when the discussions turn to art vs commerce, we need allies. I have been an independent artist for many years, and 20 of those years have been with Inside Out Music. When others were afraid to really put effort into packaging, product, and the actual recordings, due in large part to a dwindling industry, Inside Out has championed my work since the turn of the century.

Because throughout it all, more than anything, I want the art and the music to be done correctly. I want to learn from my missteps and I want a group of business partners I can rely on to go to bat for unconventional music in ways I simply could not do on my own. I’m proud to say I’ve been with Inside Out for many of those years that have defined me as an artist. It’s a pleasure to re-sign with them for my newest works. Thank you.”

InsideOut‘s Thomas Waber also commented:

“I consider it to be a privilege and an honour to have been able to play a small part in enabling this truly unique artist to fulfil his artistic visions over the years. For me Devin is one of the most important and outstanding leftfield artists out there today. In a musical climate where formats triumph over artistic freedom, Devin‘s visions are refreshing and a much needed breath of fresh air. An alien in search for the ultimate coffee bean? Bring it on!

Working with Devin and his team feels like working with family, which is something that i can’t stress and value enough. I remember when he sent me Physicist and the album sounding very alien to me, but his sensibilities for melodies and arrangements came through loud and clear and of course with Kingdom the album had one of the best tracks of all time! I am truly excited about the new album Empath and wherever else Devin will take us over the coming years!”

Townsend‘s manager, Andy Farrow added:

“Having managed Devin for nearly 10 years and seen him grow from the Islington Academy to selling out the Royal albert Hall in 4 days, it has been one rollercoaster of a journey. Devin is an artist that never sets sail on one course musically as I learnt over the course of 8 albums and various DVD’s, and sometimes this can be challenging both for the manager and the record label. However we have found that in Inside Out via Devins ‘Hevy Devy’ imprint we have a partner who are flexible enough to enable a truly creative musician / artist, complete artistic control and musical vision.”

Devin Townsend Says He Has “Immense Respect” For Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger

Nickelback and their frontman Chad Kroeger have obviously drawn a lot criticism over the years, but Devin Townsend seems to hold Kroeger in high regards. He recently tweeted the following:

Devin Townsend Offers Updates Regarding Who He Has Been Recording With & His Future Touring Plans

Devin Townsend has taken to Twitter to offer some updates on his upcoming projects and touring. You can check out a number of tweets, many of which focus on his new album “Empath,“ below. It’s worth noting that he has been working with all of the following musicians: Mike Keneally (Dethklok, etc.), Morgan Ågren (Kaipa), Anup Sastry (ex-Skyharbor, etc.), Nathan Navarro, and Sam “Samus” Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth)

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Devin Townsend To Release Second Part Of “Eras” Vinyl Box Set In August

Devin Townsend has announced that he will be releasing the second part of his “Eras” vinyl collection series on August 31. The two-piece set will feature “Ocean Machine,” “Physicist,” “Terria,” “Synchestra,” and “Infinity.” The albums have been remastered for vinyl and they will come with a booklet containing new liner notes from Townsend himself. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Townsend commented:

“It has been over 25 years since I started this professional trip of mine with music as the anchor. In that time, I have spent a fair amount of energy describing the albums, rationalizing the albums, or just trying to basically explain the motivation behind them all. This ERAS box set series is a kind of monumental way for me to do it at one time, in one place.

The intent of these albums from the beginning, has not changed. Music has been the outlet to describe my experience with life, and obviously my experience is far from ‘unique’. I like to think all this music describes my point of view on things we all participate in. Life is crazy, and each step of the way offers new things, births, deaths, failures, successes, heartache, confusion, anger etc etc etc… I don’t have it figured out, but the music has helped me deal with it in my own way.

The albums were just snapshots of different periods in my life, and although it’s just music, they mean a lot to me. The process that drew them out has helped me move on to each consecutive project and my hope is that with these boxsets, it makes what I do in the future make a little more sense.

I really appreciate having the opportunity to present them in one place with such attention to detail. It’s such an honour to be able to do this and I thank everyone involved for the support and passion in making these box sets happen.

Cheers,

Devin.”

In other news, Townsend is also working on a new Casualties Of Cool release. Ché Aimee Dorval revealed the news in the below tweet:

Devin Townsend Premieres “By Your Command” Live Video From “Ocean Machine – Live At The Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv”

Devin Townsend has premiered a new live orchestral performance video for “By Your Command.” The clip is from his new live set “Ocean Machine – Live At The Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv,” which was released today (July 6). That effort includes his September 22, 2017 “Ocean Machine: Biomech” 20th anniversary show at the Ancient Roman Theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, which saw him performing the album in full with the Orchestra of Plovdiv State Opera. Multiple fan-requested tracks were also performed.